Our Enemies in Blue: Police and Power in America

Our Enemies in Blue: Police and Power in America

Kristian Williams

Let's commence with the fundamentals: violence is an inherent a part of policing. The police characterize the main direct capacity wherein the country imposes its will at the citizenry. they're armed, knowledgeable, and licensed to exploit strength. just like the risk of arrest, the specter of violence is implicit in each police come upon. Violence, in addition to the legislation, is what they represent.

Using media studies on my own, the Cato Institute's final annual research indexed approximately seven thousand sufferers of police "misconduct" within the usa. yet such tales of police brutality in simple terms scratch the skin of a countrywide epidemic. each year, tens of millions are framed, blackmailed, overwhelmed, sexually assaulted, or killed by means of law enforcement officials. countless numbers of hundreds of thousands of greenbacks are spent on civil judgments and settlements every year. person lives, households, and groups are destroyed.

In this generally revised and up to date variation of his seminal research of policing within the usa, Kristian Williams exhibits that police brutality is not an anomaly, yet is equipped into the very that means of legislations enforcement within the usa. From antebellum slave patrols to latest unarmed formative years being gunned down within the streets, "peace keepers" have consistently used strength to form habit, repress dissent, and protect the robust. Our Enemies in Blue is a well-researched page-turner that either makes ancient experience of this legalized social pathology and maps out attainable alternatives.

Kristian Williams is the writer of a number of books, together with American tools: Torture and the good judgment of Domination. He co-edited Life in the course of Wartime: Resisting Counterinsurgency, and lives in Portland, Oregon.

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